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The increasing importance of networked gaming—both multi-sited and in particular locations—highlights the importance of moving beyond descriptions of player-machine interactions by examining the situated ecology of gaming to establish specific accounts of digital game play. Compulsions are further enhanced in this situation, by the increasing administrative role that player-developed networks play in online gaming that has produced an offline social dimension to gaming practices. 50 The necessity of the players’ action to enable the execution of the game, either through the demands of the linear rhythm of the game, or the community which has emerged from its play, establishes a dynamic where the player under a compulsion to act, and act in a certain way, to maintain the eurhythmia of the situated ecology.

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